Report: Two new names attached to Indiana basketball's coaching search
Indiana’s coaching search has reportedly shifted its focus.
According to WDRB’s Rick Bozich, former Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and former NBA head coach Mike Woodson are the two new candidates in the mix to land the prestigious gig in Bloomington. The news comes after Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) Rick Pitino (Iona) and Nate Oats (Alabama) expressed no interest in the job.
The Hoosiers are looking for a new head coach after firing Archie Miller following the 2020-21 season. It was Miller’s fourth season with the program and the team finished 12-15. IU did not make the NCAA Tournament any year.
Bozich reported that Woodson, currently an assistant with the New York Knicks, interviewed for the job with Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson. It’s also reported that Matta has become a target for the program.
Matta was the head coach at Ohio State from 2004-17. He led the Buckeyes to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, 5 B1G regular season titles, 4 B1G Tournament championships and two Final Four appearances. Matta was 337-123 during his time in Columbus.
Before taking over at Ohio State, Matta was the head coach at Butler for one season (2000-01) and Xavier for three seasons (2001-04). He reached the tournament all four years as a mid-major head coach.
Woodson is an Indianapolis native and played college basketball at IU. However, Woodson has never had a job at the collegiate level. All of his experience has come in the NBA either as an assistant or head coach.